Direct solar heat – Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) – is a potential renewable resource for replacing heat from burning fossil fuels for industries like mining, as its technologies generate heat directly from sunlight at anywhere from 150°C to 1500°C. But lack of information on both sides stands in the way [...]
The Potential of Concentrated Solar Power for Remote Mine Sites in the Northern Territory, Australia
M. H. Baig,1 D. Surovtseva,2 and E. Halawa1 1Centre for Renewable Energy, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL), Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus, Darwin, NT 0909, Australia 2School of Engineering and IT (SEIT), Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus, Darwin, NT 0909, Australia Academic Editor: Santanu Bandyopadhyay The [...]
The Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution (CEEC), a global non-profit funded by mining companies, have partnered with the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources (IMER) to trial the use of solar thermal energy to enhance comminution. Comminution is the process by which solid materials are reduced to [...]
Modular Concentrated Solar Power developer Vast Solar sees Australia's mining sector as the greatest deployment opportunity before wind and PV growth creates wholesale market openings, Craig Wood, CEO of Vast Solar, told New Energy Update. Concentrated Solar Power with storage can meet mining operators' demand needs. Vast Solar's quest to [...]
Mining companies are increasingly turning towards solar and wind power contracts, attracted by falling costs and environmental targets. Miners typically use fossil fuel power generation, either on or off-grid, and they face rising carbon reduction requirements in the coming years. The quest for lower power costs will be the main [...]
Recently Sandfire Resources, a gold and copper producer based in Western Australia, announced its new solar power plant will soon start powering its DeGrussa mine. By replacing diesel power, the 10-megawatt power station, with 34,000 panels and lithium storage batteries, is expected to reduce the mine’s carbon emissions by 15%. [...]
Jose Antonio Lobo, Director of Development at SolarReserve, sees the current environment of lower commodity pricing and low spot prices as an opportunity for renewables to help mines hedge their exposure to volatile fuel pricing in the future. In this Industry Q&A, Lobo provides an update on SolarReserve’s Chilean project [...]
Over 60 of Chile's top mining executives will meet with the global renewables sector this May 6-7 at the Renewables and Mining Summit & Exhibition which marks the first formal meeting of the mining and renewables sectors
Amongst the most active mining countries in the world, Chile, South Africa and Australia offer the best conditions for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) application.
The GTM Research forecasts 802 megawatts of Concentrating Solar Power for 2013, including Abengoa’s 280-megawatt Solana Generating Station with storage.